Hoʻoponopono (ho-o-pono-pono) is an ancient Hawaiian practice of reconciliation and forgiveness.

Similar forgiveness practices were performed on islands throughout the South Pacific, including Samoa, Tahiti and New Zealand. Traditionally hoʻoponopono is practiced by healing priests or kahuna lapaʻau among family members of a person who is physically ill. Modern versions are performed within the family by a family elder, or by the individual alone.


In many Polynesian cultures, it is believed that a person’s errors (called hara or hala) caused illness.


Some believe error angers the Gods, others that it attracts malevolent Gods, and still others believe the guilt caused by error made one sick


Among the islands of Vanuatu in the South Pacific, people believe that illness usually is caused by sexual misconduct or anger.


“If you are angry for two or three days, sickness will come,” said one local man.


The therapy that counters this sickness is confession. The patient, or a family member, may confess. If no one confesses an error, the patient may die. The Vanuatu people believe that secrecy is what gives power to the illness. When the error is confessed, it no longer has power over the person. Harmony could be restored only by confession and apology.


Literally, hoʻo is a particle used to make an actualizing verb from the following noun, as would “to” before a noun in English. Here, it creates a verb from the noun pono which is defined as:


“goodness, uprightness, morality, moral qualities, correct or proper procedure, excellence, well-being, prosperity, welfare, benefit, true condition or nature, duty; moral, fitting, proper, righteous, right, upright, just, virtuous, fair, beneficial, successful, in perfect order, accurate, correct, eased, relieved; should, ought, must, necessary.”


Ponopono is defined as “to put to rights; to put in order or shape, correct, revise, adjust, amend, regulate, arrange, rectify, tidy up, make orderly or neat”


Take complete responsibility for the fact that EVERY experience that comes in to your life is there because you created it.


State the following 4 affirmations over and over until you feel better:


I’m sorry
Please forgive me

I love you
Thank you


This is known as cleaning:  Do it whenever you are thinking. Less thinking, more cleaning.


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